Throat Culture

Throat Culture

Test Name:   Throat Culture
Alternate Name (s):    
Laboratory Module:   Microbiology
Ordering Mnemonic:   CTHR
Specimen Type:   

Throat swab

Collection Container:   Amies Transport Media
Container Information
Amies Transport MediaAmies Transport Media
Collection Information:   The nurse or physician will take a swab of the throat area.

The swab is then quickly transferred to the transport media.

The specimen is then labeled appropriately and then sent to the laboratory.

Throat and rectal swabs for GC investigation are ordered as genital.

Specimen of choice for determination of N.meningitidis carrier status is a nasopharyngeal swab (not a throat swab).

Test Schedule:  


Turnaround Time:   Routine

Preliminary: 24 hours

Final: 72 hours

Stat / Urgent

Preliminary: 24 hours

Final: 72 hours

Reference Interval:  


Critical Values:   As growth is detected and identified the information is made available to the health care provider.
Lab Process Notes :    
Storage & Transport:   The swab should be maintained at room temperature until transport to the lab. Once in the lab the specimen will be stored at room temperature in the microbiology rack.
Test Referred to :    On site, BGH laboratory


Last updated Feb 13/2015

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